Critical Analysis of a Sequence from FANTASIA

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Critical Analysis of a Sequence from FANTASIA

All of the animation that was used in Fantasia was hand drawn. The

scene that we are analysing is the first one right at the very

beginning. This was when the elephants and hippos are floating on

bubbles and then one of the hippos' lands on the floor on a bed, then

the crocodiles come along.

The way that each and every one of the slides was so smooth was

because they used a technique which was very similar to ghosting that

we now use on the computers except they traced each slide onto a piece

of tracing paper as well as normal paper, they would then place each

one on top of the other so that they would be able to see where all of

the animations that they had already drawn were. The music that was

used in the film was created before the animations were drawn. The

piece is called "Dance of the Hours" and it is a ballet piece of

music. In this animation there is no speaking involved it is all done

based around the music and the expressions that the characters show.

The target audience for this piece of drawn animation would most

likely be for younger children as there are no words that are used

therefore the child would be able to understand it easily and also it

has soft and gentle music, with the animations of animals that they

are able to recognise.

At the beginning the sky is full of warm colours red, orange and

yellow. These colours are soft and gentle showing that the mood is

calm and happy. It could also show that it is night as the sun is

setting. The colours are all mixed together to create an effect that

its very peaceful. The colour that the crocodiles are wearing is red.


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...his is when the bubble bursts when the hippo lands on the

floor. This is a good use of SFX.

In conclusion I think that all of the techniques that I mentioned are

important. If I was to create my own short animation I think that I

would consider the types of camera shots as the most important as they

create the tension and how the certain character that the shot is of

gets across to you. The type of shots that you would use depends on

how you would like the character to be viewed. I did not realise that

there was so much in this short sequence that I could analyse. The

amount of different shots that are used is very high. The way that

there is a contrast in the music for the crocodiles and hippo is also

very effective and if this was not used I don't think that the

animation would have had the effect that it does now.

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